Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Where do you work?

Blackaby writes:
We are the servants; God is the Master. We tend to try to reverse this! God's revelation of Himself, His purposes, and His ways depends directly upon our obedience.

Seems to tie in with:

‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

There's a song that's been out with the same thought... thy will be done.

As Blackaby points out, it's not the job of the servants to tell the Master what to do or where to go.  It's not up to the servants to develop a vision for the Master to use.

The role of the servant is to simply do.

It's not always easy to do, but, it's our role to do what we are to do in Christ.

It may mean stepping out of the boat.
It may mean getting out of our comfort zone.

It is doubtful that it means jumping in where Angels fear to tread.  So jumping the gun isn't what we are to do.

As he aptly pointed out, we tend to think we ought to be giving God pointers. Show Him what our dreams are.  Show Him our vision. 

A very old Jewish saying was 'May you be covered in the dust of your Master'.

Meaning may you follow the purpose, intent and desires of your Master so closely that his dust be on you. Also heavily implies, don't get ahead of Him.

Oh do I have a problem with doing that.
In only what I am aware of, I can see that I spent 30 years in the wilderness, to get around to the plan that God had for me.
God only knows if there were other plans that I caused Him to delay in others because of what choices that I made. 

Needless to say, the Master is who is the important one.  Not us.

It's the Master who's life we are to mirror.
It's the Master who decides the direction and speed of the journey.

When we don't obey, it's going to take a lot longer.  Our life is not our own. 

If we truly believe that, that we were bought with a price, the blood of Jesus Christ, why aren't we living that way?

The world is overflowing with temptations.  To go here, go there. To commit to this, to not commit to that.
To want this, to want that. To do anything and everything under the sun. 

Solomon wisely said vanity of vanities all is vanity.  He tried it all and came back to the same place he started from.

Are there things that I want to do? Of course.  Are there things that I wish I could see? Yes.

In light of Christ is it really that important?

A whole lot of the so-called Church is of the mindset that someone else will get it done. 

They don't realize they are the someone.

Why the delay in Christ returning?

I believe it's two things.  The Bible says that the times of the Gentiles (all who aren't Jewish are called Gentiles) is fulfilled is one reason.  The second part I believe is that it wouldn't be until the last person who is to be saved is saved.

So yes it's the job of the Holy Spirit to save, but who are the hands and feet? Who is the servant in the fields? Who is to be out there?

Is our desire to be servants to what Jesus would have us doing being shut down in favor of doing our own thing?

This world is going away.

This world is going to be Hell on Earth shortly after the Church is raptured for 7 years.

Those are the facts.  My responsibility in Christ is to find what it is God wants of me and to do it.  The more who obey in this, the shorter the time until Christ returns.  It's as simple as that.

Not everyone is called to be a preacher.
Not everyone is called to be a teacher.

Paul says to the Corinthians that we are the body of Christ. Each has a part to do. Each has a role to fulfill. 1 Corinthians 12.

If your body has parts that don't do what they are supposed to, how good is that to you?  If your immune system isn't working, you get ill. If your hand stops working you can't hold things.  If your feet stop working you have problems getting around.  If your stomach stops working right then your whole body suffers.

Find out from God what it is He needs you to do and do it. The more who do, the healthier the Church will be.

Don't say you are a Christian but then go off and live as you want to.  If Christ said, and He did, for us to take up our cross daily and follow Him.  Then I am pretty sure He meant it.  Luke 9:23.

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